Passover ended last week! Yay! Don't get me wrong. I really like this 8-day holiday (30 if you include all the cleaning and shopping and cooking), especially the foods my family traditionally enjoys, like chicken soup with matzah balls, matzah stuffed fish, matzoh lasagna, and the like. But by the time we reached sundown on Tuesday, I was really jonesing for my old gluten-laden favorites: bread, pie, spaghetti, pie, cake, pie, pizza ... and PIE!
Earlier this month I checked out my Secret Recipe Club assignment: I am a Honey Bee, hosted by Nicole. Nic (the name she really prefers) is a 20-something lovely glasses-wearing person who says she cooks, bakes, cleans, designs, has 3 tattoos, wishes she lived in NYC and doesn't get enough sleep. Exactly like me! Except for the 20-something part. And the design part. And especially the cleaning and tat parts. As for the NYC part, I grew up there ... much prefer central NJ. Other than that, we are so much like twins it's scary!
But I digress ... getting back to my rant. For some reason this Passover I missed pie, single or double-crust, didn't matter. So despite having earlier this month queued up one of Nic's healthy gazpacho recipes to enjoy (this one in case you are curious), I instead headed back to her recipe index to find a pie I could whip out and write up in time for the reveal today. Luckily for me Nic had recently posted the following recipe. Just for me. Because being my twin she just knew I'd be looking for this exact pie.
One of my semi-major fears is forgetting a recipe step or ingredient. To prevent this, I always set everything out onto the counter before diving into a recipe, returning everything to their usual locations as they are used, finally double-checking that nothing remains on the counter before tossing whatever it is into the oven.
Until today. I was somewhat sleep-deprived on this particular day, and didn't eyeball the counter for any strays before that little baking step.
At about 10 minutes before the pie was supposed to be done, I finally noticed the eggs on the counter. The eggs! I totally missed the step to add the eggs! Ack!!!
Too late to do anything about it, I left the pie in the oven until the timer went off, and did the knife-in-the-middle-to-check-for-doness thingy. Although not quite finished, it wasn't anywhere near as liquidy as I had feared. So I popped it back in for another 10 minutes before removing the eggless pie from the oven (even with the foil I was afraid of burning the crust if left in too long), gently placing it on the cooling rack.
The disaster I was braced for didn't happen. After chilling the pie overnight, the pie firmed up quite greatly and very deliciously! More cheesecakey than pudding. Which was interesting since it contained no cheese. After eating and enjoying a huge slice I brought the remainder to work. Only a tiny sliver remained after lunch. Imagine how mind-blowing the pie would have been if I had remembered the eggs. Thanks, Nic!
Blueberry Pudding Pie - Easy
Inadvertently adapted from: I am a Honey Bee
Makes 1 9″ pie, 8 slices
1- 9″ deep-dish ready-to-fill pie crust (defrost if frozen)
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup half and half
1/3 cup granulated sugar (increase to 1/2 cup if your blueberries are not very sweet)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. table salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and well drained (if frozen, defrosted)
Preheat oven to 425F.
While pie crust is baking, whisk remaining ingredients except blueberries in a medium mixing bowl until smooth.
Remove pie crust from oven and place on heat-proof surface. Add blueberries. Pour batter evenly over blueberries.
Note: if edges of crust begin to brown too fast, carefully cover edges with foil. TIP ALERT! Cut out the center of a disposable aluminum pie tin about 3/4 to 1-inch from the edge to make a reusable pie crust shield. Then flip over and place over crust edges.
Return pie to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Without opening oven door, reduce oven temperature to 350F. Bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. If you forget the eggs, add up to an additional 10 minutes.
Let stand at least 20 minutes to firm up. Serve warm or cold. Store leftovers, covered, in fridge up to 2 days.
Disclaimer - because this recipe is part of an online cooking group, the linked recipes below might not be kosher.